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Westdeutsche Zeitung / O-Ton

A convincing concert in Düsseldorf

Fresh, Brilliant and Full of Drive...

Played by heart, St. Paul’s Suite for string orchestra by Gustav Holst left no doubt that the audience was in for a first-rate evening of classical music. However, this was no over-bred youth orchestra on stage, drilled only to excel – thus the critic. The human harmony among the LGT Young Soloists was also evident: "Even after the first bow-strokes, it is clear that this is no ‘normal’ youthful ensemble. Here, there is a connection at eye level (…) These are professionals, treating one another with the utmost respect. (...) Of course that is also reflected in their playing and the atmosphere on stage."

Seen and Heard International

A Fascinating Programme of Works for Strings from LGT Young Soloists


Out Of The Box (German)

Sechzehn hochbegabte Musikerinnen und Musiker im Alter zwischen 12 und 23 – die „LGT Young Soloists“ – haben im Januar in Berlin-Dahlem ihre neue CD „Nordic Dreams“ aufgenommen. Die Suche nach der spontan erscheinenden Perfektion: ein Erlebnis, das auch unser Hörverhalten verändern kann.
Rondo Magazin

Das Ziel vor Augen (German)

Sie sind alles andere als ein gewöhnliches Jugendorchester: Hier ist die Talentschmiede 2.0 am Werk.
Zuger Zeitung

Die nordischen Perlen strahlen (German)

das Orchester

Raus aus dem Kämmerlein! (German)

Wie die LGT Young Soloists hochbegabte Nachwuchstalente fit machen für den Musikerberuf. Ein spannender Bericht in der Dezember-Ausgabe von Marco Frei!

Russian Soul - Werke für Solisten und Streichorchester (German)

An Fördermaßnahmen für Musikertalente herrscht nun wirklich kein Mangel. Und wer in jungen Jahren schon mal in den Orchesterbetrieb reinschnuppern möchte, hat dazu ebenfalls in all den Jugendphilharmonien ausreichend Gelegenheit.

Wenig verbreitet ist hingegen ein Konzept, das hinter dem Ensemble LGT Young Soloists steckt. Denn dieses Streichorchester besteht nicht einfach aus großartigen jungen Musikern im Alter von 12 bis 23 Jahren. Jeder von ihnen bekommt immer wieder auch seine Chance, hervorzutreten und solistisch zu brillieren – und dies alles stets ohne Dirigenten. Seit 2013 besteht dieses von den Künstlerischen Leitern Alexander Gilman und Marina Seltenreich gegründete Kollektiv.


the Strad

Russian Soul

Works for String Orchestra by Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Glinka, Koussevitzky, Rachmaninoff and Rimsky-Korsakov

The LGT Young Soloists are essentially a very high-class youth string orchestra, many of the players already having starry CVs. Most of the eleven tracks on this CD are arranged by Paul Struck, and feature one or more of the players as soloist while the rest provide orchestral accompaniment. The soloists all share a richness of sound, caught close up in a resonant acoustic. Clearly they take the ‘soul’ part of Russian Soul to heart (as it were).



Fanfare Magazine

"One of the finest youth orchestras in Europe"

This is the second album featuring the young string orchestra made up of players between the ages of 12 and 23 and financed by LGT, the private banking and management group based in Liechtenstein.

On the evidence of this anthology of Russian string music and its previous collection, Italian Journey, the LGT Young Soloists is clearly one of the finest youth orchestras in Europe. The members play with equal amounts of finesse and enthusiasm - to say nothing of an admirable unanimity of purpose - heard to best effect in Anton Arensky’s soulful Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky. There’s nothing tentative or “immature” in the playing; in fact, the attacks, releases, and phrasing all have the easy confidence of players several times their age. If at times the performance sounds slightly over-rehearsed, then it still maintains a natural-sounding flow from beginning to end, easily joining the recordings by Valery Polyansky and the Russian State Symphony (Chandos 10086) and William Boughton with the English String Orchestra (Nimbus 7020) among the best versions currently available.

The shorter items are designed to show off some of the group’s principal players, and for the most part they show off plenty. A few little slips in intonation aside, this is a formidable collection of young musicians, from the 20-year-old violist Silas Zschocke, who offers a heart-tugging version of Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile, to the 18-year-old violinist Elena Kawazu and 19-year-old harpist Milo Harper, who work wonders with Efrem Zimbalist’s Golden Cockerel Fantasy after the opera by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Most impressive of all, perhaps, are the 23-year-old bass player Yamila Pedrosa Ahmet, who dispatches Serge Koussevitzky’s enchanting Valse Miniature with a confidence (and security) that Edgar Meyer might envy, and the 20-year-old violinist David Nebel, who takes us on a hair-raising romp through Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo. In fact, all the soloists - including the 12-year-old pianist Eva Medvedko - are nothing less than hugely impressive, while the string band accompanies all of them with unfailing musicality and grace. As calling cards go, this one is unusually revealing and appealing.

Jim Svejda